COMPUTING & IT RESOURCES Preparing the next generation

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Collaborative learning platforms enable students to work together respectfully and to negotiate as they co-create.With challenges such as shared contributions, fair access, and conflict resolution, these are ideal real-world contexts to help develop self and social awareness. Digital environments can provide students with safe spaces to explore, identify and learn to make responsible decisions.

For example, by having students learn how to appreciate and consider the needs of others as they create new worlds inMinecraft,

opportunities arise for teachers to help students develop deeper emotional literacy and introduce strategies to understand perspectives and resolve challenges.


he ways people live, work and communicate are shifting rapidly. By the time the students of today become the workforce of 2030, the world will be vastly different from anything previous generations have experienced.With the rise of the gig economy, and an emphasis on short-term project work, our future workforce is expected to change jobs more frequently than any other generation, making flexibility and social skills crucial for success.

New research has been carried out to examine what teachers and school leaders can do to ensure today’s students will be ready to thrive in 2030, and what role technology can play in supporting them. The results emphasised the importance for teachers, schools and school leaders to help students develop stronger social-

emotional skills such as relationship building, self- awareness, and self-recognition, to better promote wellbeing. This is supported by studies showing that social and emotional competencies can increase cognitive skills by up to 11%. One of the main technologies predicted to transform how learning will happen for generations to come is digital collaboration platforms. Research has shown that collaborative activities promote better learning outcomes, with collaborative interaction engaging more parts of the brain. Collaboration platforms such as Office 365 for Education allow people in different locations to work together in real-time, creating opportunities for students, both inside and outside of the classroom, to interact with others. For instance, using communication platforms such

Personalised learning that leverages technology can be an effective way to make learning more student-centric and enhance these desired skill sets. Nearly a third of teachers in a recent survey said they are “highly motivated” to personalise their lessons but identified lack of time as one of the key challenges in achieving this.Microsoft estimate that by using the right technology, teachers can reallocate between 20-30%of their time, allowing them to focus more on student- centric activities such as building deeper one-on- one relationships, create customisable lesson plans, or providing real-time, personalized feedback to students. On top of this, they can benefit from collaboration with their peers and engage their professional communities.

Today’s technology can play a useful role in levelling the playing collaborative platfor

ms providing tools that give field for students.With

students more control over how they learn and engage, they help to meet the needs of students’ diverse learning styles whilst giving them the opportunity to engage with technologies they can expect to use in the workplace. Features built into OneNote now provide learners with a range of ways to engage with lessons and receive feedback through typing, video, and audio. With advances in technology inevitably leading to the automation of lower-skilled jobs, and employers’ demands for workers with more well- rounded social skills, it is clear our education system needs to better prepare students for the future. However, with many schools, academies and trusts already reaping the benefits of collaborative platforms in their classroom today, we expect such technology to become the new norm, long before 2030.

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